National Outlook

As the Michigan coaching staff spent the past week preparing for Saturday's season opener against Vanderbilt, they were also accepting commitments from two coveted skill position recruits.

Four-star wide receiver J.R. Hemmingway, of Conway, S.C., selected Michigan at a press conference on August 24th. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Hemmingway is rated as the No. 12 receiver in the nation by He cited his relationship with the Wolverine players and coaches as being the key factor in his decision. One player that he talks to on a regular basis will be throwing him the ball during his time in Ann Arbor, quarterback commit Ryan Mallett. Hemmingway's other options included Miami, South Carolina, and Notre Dame.

Also on August 24th, Hanford, Calif. running back Avery Horn announced that will be joining Hemmingway at Michigan next year. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder used his phenomenal speed to accumulate over 1,800 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2005. Interestingly, Horn decided on the Wolverines despite never visiting Ann Arbor and does not expect to see the campus until after his season ends, which may also be after Michigan's season is completed. Washington, Nebraska, and Oregon were some of the other schools reportedly linked to Horn.

Texas is getting close to wrapping up its 2007 class and they took another step in that direction this past week by securing a commitment from highly-touted defensive end Sam Acho. The Dallas resident was named to the all-state team following both his sophomore and junior years. At 6-foot-4, 247 pounds, the four-star prospect seems best suited to play the strong side defensive end position at the next level. Acho had considered USC, Stanford, and Virginia, all of which had offered.

Piscataway, N.J. athlete Tony Logan plays quarterback for his high school team. gives him a four-star ranking as a cornerback. But this week, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Logan committed to Maryland, who recruited him as a wide receiver. Wherever he ends up playing, the Terps are getting a dynamic player with great speed and aggressiveness. Logan chose Maryland over Tennessee and Rutgers.

Rutgers did land a New Jersey athlete this week in Hopatcong's Joe Martinek. Martinek was named Western New Jersey Player of the Year after rushing for 2,509 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2005. The 6-foot-0, 195-pound Martinek also seven sacks from his linebacker position and it is possible that Rutgers could use him on the defensive side of the ball. He also had offers from Vanderbilt and Florida International, while West Virginia was beginning to show interest.

Northwestern picked up their 12th commitment of the year when Eden Prairie, Minn. linebacker Blake Sorensen decided to become a Wildcat. Sorensen becomes the second Eden Prairie linebacker to pick Northwestern, following Bryce McNaul, who committed to head coach Pat Fitzgerald three weeks ago. Sorensen was named first team all-state last fall by the St. Paul Pioneer Press after leading his team with 105 tackles. His other offers came from Iowa State, Wyoming, and San Diego State.

Like most kids from Oklahoma City, Jimmy Stevens grew up an Oklahoma Sooners fan. So last week when they offered the kicker a scholarship, it did not take him long to decide. Stevens tied the national record by booting 22 field goals last season with a long of 51 yards. If he kicks just nine more this year, he will break the national career record. Stevens only other offer was from Kansas, but he was also being watched by TCU and Oklahoma State. Top Stories